Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wonderland Woods and more from Houston

Hi ya! Did you miss me? Did you even realize I didn't show up last week? hee,hee,hee.
Well, time got away from me. I was running around like crazy getting ready to leave for Michigan. I went to speak and teach for the Cameo Quilters. What a fun time we had! I will share photos soon.

Here's a sneaky peek of Wonderland Woods, which will debut January 1st. I will show you how all the blocks go together then. ;) Jules and I had another wonderful time collaborating on this adventure. Stay tuned for more on this!



Ok, now on to more quilt photos from Houston. Enjoy!




























Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so every thankful for you!

Hugs and friends,
Michelle

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Return from the Houston Quilt Festival

Hellooooooooooo! Boy oh boy do I feel like I have been caught up in a tornado! The last week and a half just flew by! The thought of Thanksgiving arriving in a few short weeks just blows my mind away. If it wasn't for Daylight Savings Time, I would still think it was September. Do you ever feel like you are living in a blur? It's the old age thing isn't it? hee,hee,hee.

Well, my first teaching adventure in Houston was, let me see....AMAZING!!  I had the BEST time and had so much FUN!! The smile didn't come off my face from the moment I got there to the moment I left.

One of the highlights and most memorable things was being able to share this experience with my dear friend from the UK, Sallieann Harrison. I taught Sallieann to quilt back in 2000. She has gone on to be a bright star and teaches quilting in the UK. She has even come up with her own method of using the Valdani size 12 perle cotton to machine applique! I'm so very proud of her and it brought me so much joy to have her help me in my class. She was also a good sport about wearing bunny ears. ;)



Here we are at the photo "op" in the festival. My bunny bag was made especially for me by my Fashionista friend, Jean Werling. I loooooooove it!


My class was sooooooooooo much fun and I adored all my students and the beautiful creations they made. I will be sharing photos of them soon, but first I thought I would start off by showing you some of the quilts. I was blown away again by the amazing talent at this show.

So lets get hoppin shall we? Oh, and just like every year, there will be a photo of the quilt and then the information about who created it. I find reading the stories and the inspiration behind each piece to be fascinating. Also, I believe in giving credit to the creators.















I hope you enjoyed this little tour. Much more to come! Do you have a favorite?

Hugs,
Michelle and the Bunnies

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hopping to Houston!

Hi ya! Just a quick hop in this week as I am running around like a crazy bunny trying to finish up getting packed for the Houston Quilt Festival! I'm so excited I could POP!!!

I learned that my "Beekeeper Pincushion" class is SOLD OUT! Wooooo hoooo! I can't wait to meet my 25 "Play Date" participants. We are going to have the best time and I'm truly looking forward to a week of creative energy. I'm also super excited that my dear friend and student, Sallieanne Harrison from England, will be my roommate. She is also going to be doing some demos at Open Studios on using the sewing machine to applique with Valdani size 12 perle cotton. Oh the adventures that await us!



I won't be posting here next week, but I will be sharing photos and video's on my Raspberry Rabbits Facebook Page and on my Instagram page. So be sure and check in with us there.



On another quick note, Sabrina kitty had to have her back tooth removed today. It had root rot and was all icky. She is doing okay, well mainly because she is on some super heavy duty drugs and she is rolling around the floor and rubbing up against everything. LOL!! The vet told me the drugs make cats super affectionate. It's rather funny. Of course, once the drugs wear off she might not be so lovey when she finds out her tooth is missing!!! Always something.



Have a great rest of this week and next week. I'll catch up when I get back from Houston!

Hugs and friends,
Michelle

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"In a Fix" - The Back Deck

Hello there my friends! I'm so excited as today was the first real "Fall" day we have had. It feels so wonderful outside! I also adore the sunlight this time of year. It has the most wonderful glow in the late afternoon and the way it bounces off the trees and peers in through my windows is peaceful. Sabrina and Hannah think so too as they are always taking naps in a sunbeam. ;)

Today I wanted to share with you the next little "In a Fix" project we have done to our cottage. It took David forever as it rained and rained from August through mid September and when it wasn't raining, he was working on Saturday. As I have mentioned before, he won't let me paint as I'm a messy painter. I'm just the designer and truthfully, that's just peachy with me! ;)

Our deck was a bit of a mess. The previous owners replaced some of the boards, but everything was needing a good pressure washing and a fresh coat of paint. Here's the before photos.


We have a really nice built in bench area with storage underneath. We don't put anything in there though as we don't have lots of stuff and we figure the spiders claim most of the space anyway. ;)


There were several boards here and there that David replaced.


The boards up against the screened porch are to "try" and keep the critters out. Doesn't work very well. I found four tree frogs and a lizard taking a nap under the cushions on the couch. Little buggers. They were cold and looking for a nice place to keep warm. I didn't disturb them, but told they I would truly appreciate it if they didn't poop on the cushions that we just cleaned. hee,hee,hee.


We have the most beautiful trees in our yard and a wonderful forest behind us. There are two big owls who live back there. David has seen one of them and it scared him to death when it landed in a tree near him. I hope I get to see them. I always hear them hoot, hoot, hooting in the early evening. It's so magical.



I wanted to paint the deck a warm brown color that would not only blend in nicely with the house, but also with the wood fence and the trees. The small picket fence back there will be removed. We're not sure why the previous owners had it. All we can think is that they used it for a doggie poo poo area. If the home owner's association would let me have an Alpaca, I would get one to put there...or maybe some fuzzy sheep....or maybe some pygmy goats....or maybe a miniature horse. hee,hee,hee.

Here's how our deck looks now. I really love it! Oh, and we added another birdhouse back there. I hope some little birds move in next Spring. Hannah bunny has been shedding like crazy. I have been saving her fur for the birds. They will have really swanky birdhouse. ;)






Well, it's back to work for me. I have tons of things to get finished before I leave for Houston on the 29th. Have a great weekend!

Hugs and friends,
Michelle